Thursday, June 7, 2012
Final additions to Warrior 40 announced
By Mike Loveday
ESPNHS announces the sixth and final wave of players to be added to the 2012 Warrior 40 roster.
This week 12 players are being added to bring the roster total to 40 confirmed* athletes.
The Warrior 40 is a three-day competition that features the nation's top underclass high school lacrosse players. Players will receive coaching from Major League Lacrosse stars and participate in skills competitions and a final competition.
Justin Anderson, Soph., Centennial (Las Vegas), midfield, North Carolina
Anderson has the potential to be one of the best players to come out of Nevada, if not the entire West. The North Carolina commit already has an athletic game and can play both sides of the field. The Centennial star shines in transition and with some added muscle on his frame he will be tough to stop.
Brian Balkam, 2013, Smithtown East (St. James, N.Y.), goalie, North Carolina
Having a father who was a goalie helped Balkam develop from an early age. His overall leadership from inside the crease is his advantage over his peers. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior was an All-Star at the Battle of the Hotbeds recruiting camp over the summer and followed that up with a junior year in which he recorded 209 saves.
J.T. Blubaugh, 2013, St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio), midfield, Ohio State
Playing for a relatively unknown program, Blubaugh has made a name for himself. A dodger first, then passer, he is fearless when driving to the net. He has a quick first step and his ability to score goals at low angles is uncanny. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Ohio State commit was a Division II All-Ohio and a Central Ohio US Lacrosse All-American this season.
Jordan Evans, 2013, Jamesville-Dewitt (Dewitt, N.Y.), attack, Syracuse
One of the premier players in his class, Evans is a threat all over the field. The talented lefty does his best work from behind the cage with shifty moves and nice finishes from in close around the crease. If left open from above the cage he has a lethal side-arm shot, which he usually shoots in the top corners. Evans has helped lead the Red Rams to the Class B semifinal this season with 39 goals and 31 assists, both second on the team.
Tate Jozokos, 2013, Governor's Academy (Byfield, Mass.), midfield, North Carolina
This smooth midfielder is easy to recognize on the field. Blessed with good size and athleticism at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Jozokos is most dangerous transitioning from defense to offense when he has opponents on their heels. If you leave him open he has a great time-and-room shot with his left hand and is improving his dodging on the run.
Jake Kennedy, 2013, Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.), goalie, Bucknell
The southpaw net-minder has great quickness and awareness and comes from a rising program in Torrey Pines. Kennedy is aware of game situations, makes fast decisions on clears. The junior is committed to play college lacrosse for Bucknell.
Jack Lambert, 2013, John Jay (Cross River, N.Y.), defense, North Carolina
A close defenseman who plays the wings on face offs, Lambert has all the tools to be a tremendous player at the next level. When guarding the ball he is always in the opponents’ hands, moves his feet well and has great anticipation of passes. Lambert excels in picking the ball off the ground and then pushing the ball in transition and will make defenses pay if they do not slide to him.
Devon Lewis, 2013, Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), midfield, Georgetown
A premier athlete with a quick shot, Lewis is a tough midfielder to stop. Lewis has all the tools (size, speed, athleticism) to excel. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior committed to Georgetown in November and is the No. 41 player in the ESPN Top 50 junior list. Lewis totaled 75 points on 53 goals and 22 assists in helping Lake Highland Prep reach the Florida state championship game this season.
Dylan Maltz, 2013, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.), attack, Syracuse
Maltz is a goal scorer and has the ability to go around anyone. He scored 43 goals and 24 assists this season. His best quality is his fearlessness, which translates to goals because he does not worry about taking hits.
Tim Rotanz, 2013, Shoreham-Wading River (Shoreham, N.Y.), attack, Maryland
Rotanz has been a name on Long Island since his sophomore season in which he totaled 110 points on 68 goals and 42 assists. Rotanz was the only sophomore selected to New York Newsday’s All-Long Island team last season. This season in helping Shoreham-Wading River to the Class C semifinals, Rotanz has scored 42 goals and added 39 assists. Rotanz is committed to Maryland.
Brian Wegner, 2013, Regis Jesuit (Lone Tree, Colo.), LSM/D, Denver
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior is an athletic defender who earned First Team All-Conference honors after his sophomore season. This season in helping Regis Jesuit to a 15-6 record Wegner picked up 50 ground balls.
Zed Williams, Jr., Silver Creek (N.Y.), midfield, undecided
Silver Creek (N.Y.) junior Zed Williams may not be a household name yet, but the attacker put his name atop the record book on June 2 with a four goal, one assist game against Penn Yann. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior has 554 career points, which surpasses Casey Powell’s 18-year record of 553. Williams has been part of the Silver Creek varsity team since he was an eighth grader and totaled 99 points. He followed that year with 174 points as a freshman and 155 as a sophomore. The junior has 126 points this season and helped power a Silver Creek offense that scored at least 25 goals six times and broke the 30 goal mark three times this season.
*Calvert Hall (Baltimore) junior midfielder Stephen Kelly was invited but cannot attend the Warrior 40 due to a scheduling conflict.